It was probably inevitable, but because I finally have time to knit for me, I've got over-excited and my RSI has flared up. It has left me feeling rather glum, as knitting is my main self-care activity, and I'm a bit at sea as to how to recharge myself without it. I haven't had any significant RSI since we became parents (mostly because my knitting time was cut so drastically), so I think I shall have to find some complex, subtitled, Scandinavian dramas on Netflix that I would normally struggle to knit and watch at the same time!
In the meantime, here's what I got up to...
Having completed my Alonzo socks, it was time for a plain vanilla pair, this time knitted in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply. This is a cheerful colourway if ever there was one, and the stripes give them that deliciously moreish quality... I will just knit to the next colour change!
I have been planning to make Granito by Joji Locatelli for some time, and with all my must-knit projects off the needles, this was the first new cast on. I'm using our Something to Knit With 4ply in the Twilight shade, and it's looking rather lovely so far. I'm knitting at a tighter gauge than recommended in the pattern, so I've done some sums and am making a larger size which will then work out to the correct bust measurement for me. I've completed the short rows at the back neck, so now I'm ready to work straight for a while until I'm at the underarm. Or I would be if knitting was on the cards just now... I'm looking forward to wearing this as it has POCKETS! My favourite!
If you haven't already, do check out Joji's YouTube channel. She is doing a regular podcast called Journal, and it's lovely and soothing to watch. Her voice is so calm and it's great to see the projects she is working on.
Last up is my Ola Yoke by Ella Gordon. I cast this on after our trip to Shetland last year, and it languished while I worked on work knitting. I was happy to get going on it again last week, so I'm hoping this bout of RSI won't last too long and I can get going again. I'm nearly at the end of the second sleeve, and I have a feeling that the body will go faster, thanks to the larger diameter (less time spent wrangling magic loop!). I'm planning to make a cardigan version, so before I cast on the body I need to work out how many extra stitches to add, and make some notes on my Ravelry page.
If you'd like more information about any of these projects, do click on the photos, which will take you over to my Ravelry project pages, where you will find yarn details and links to the patterns I'm using.
Fingers gently crossed, I will be back to knitting soon, but I'm taking it very easy in the meantime. Both knitting and typing are kind of vital to my ability to earn a living!! :D
What do you do when you can't knit? Any suggestions gratefully received.